December 29, 2006

Schadenfreude Friday: The Out Of Touch Edition

It's time for the final schadenfreude of 2006 but I have to admit, I haven't been paying attention to the news all week. I might have missed something.

One: Ethics? Say What?

The North Carolina bar filed ethics charges Thursday against the prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse rape case, accusing him of saying misleading and inflammatory things to the media about the athletes under suspicion. The punishment for ethics violations can range from admonishment to disbarment.

Among the four rules of professional conduct that District Attorney Mike Nifong was accused of violating was a prohibition against making comments "that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused."

Look, I'm not saying these guys were saints. Far from it. Were they up to something hinkey? Possibly. But did they also get railroaded due to election-related politics? Absolutely.

Two: Mistakes On A Plane

A US Airways passenger faced charges of interfering with a flight crew Thursday after he apparently unknowingly slapped an undercover federal air marshal, said an official familiar with the case. The man, who'd been drinking liquor, threw a mid-air temper tantrum Wednesday night after attendants refused to serve him any more alcohol during his flight from Washington's Reagan National Airport and Fort Myers, Florida, the official said. The passenger then slapped a fellow passenger, who happened to be an undercover air marshal assigned to the flight, said the official.

"He had a bad night last night," said the official, who asked to remain anonymous and isn't authorized to reveal specifics of the case. The passenger is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

Uh...oops. Haven't people learned by now that you can't get stupid on a plane anymore? Apparently not. Dude's lucky he didn't get shot.

Now, I ask you, my friends...what's the biggest Schadenfreude of 2007?

Posted by Chris at December 29, 2006 08:29 AM

of 2007? hmm. I'm so not good at making predictions. I'll have to come back to it. But just in case I don't ... I hope you and your lovely family have a very happy, safe and joyous New Year's!! ♥

Posted by: pea at December 29, 2006 09:12 AM

Just one more reason I don't like to fly any more. It just isn't fun.

Posted by: cassie-b at December 29, 2006 09:41 AM

The biggest Schadenfreude of '07? Probably that President Bush doesn't think that global warming is caused by gas guzzling cars and his buddies in the oil industry - Way to kill of the polar bears in less than 40 years Champ! (I don't know if that's Schadenfreude or not, but I saw it the other night on the news that polar bears are going extinct and that pisses me off!)

Posted by: Michelle at December 29, 2006 09:43 AM

Haha Pea, nice catch!

Anyway, I'd say the biggest celebrity schadenfreude of 06 is Britney Spears. She's just such a trainwreck - I don't want to look, but I can't seem to turn my head away from it.

Although, Anna Nicole Smith sure is giving Britney a run for her money.

Posted by: Jessie at December 29, 2006 09:49 AM

Speaking of Brit-Brit, am I the only one who has noticed that during the first year of Sean Preston's young life, Mommy carried him around on her hip 24/7, yet the brand new baby, whatever it's name is, has YET to be photographed in public? What's up with that? I'm beginning to think there's something wrong with 'Spawn of K-Fed 2', or maybe it's just a butt-ugly baby?

Posted by: coolchick at December 29, 2006 10:02 AM

I need to buy a crystal ball to predict.

In the meantime, Hapyy and Healthy 2007 to one and all!

Posted by: Wicked H at December 29, 2006 10:06 AM

2007 prediction:

That STILL no one figures out that both political parties are corrupt all all get out. So we have to vote for the lesser evil again in '08.

Posted by: Leah at December 29, 2006 10:44 AM

As far as stupidity goes, I'd probably say Mark Foley. However, I still think Bush is the most interesting person of the year. His stupidity and stubbornness in complete opposition to the people he leads is fucking amazing. He's either oblivious or he's caught in that circle of lies where you can't stop because you're in too deep.

Posted by: Brad at December 29, 2006 10:51 AM

Brad beat me to it.

Happy New Year one and all. Think we can survive two more years?

Posted by: ann adams at December 29, 2006 11:11 AM

I'm still in shock over the "Left Behind" video game that gives point for killing Muslims and other folks who fail to convert to Christianity. Christofascits are claiming that it's a pacifist game, but that's the same screwed-up logic that allowes their political bedfellows who are still kissing Bush's ass to believe that he's a steadfast fellow doing a bangup job. Wal-Mart refuses to take the game off of its shelves.

Posted by: wordgirl at December 29, 2006 11:24 AM

This has nothing to do with fuck ups for 2006 but did you hear that Gerald Ford gave an interview not to be revealed until after his death that blasted the war in Iraq? For some reason this gives me hope for finding a politician to trust. Albeit they have to be 90, an in ill health, but they can speak the truth.

Posted by: linda at December 29, 2006 11:52 AM

I can hardly believe it's Friday ... never mind 2007.

Posted by: s@bd at December 29, 2006 12:25 PM

Does hte death sentence of Saddam fall into this week? I know they aren't planning to kill him til tomorrow, but mass murderers getting their comuppance is kinda schauenfreude-y for me.

Posted by: Annie at December 29, 2006 02:39 PM

I don't know what it is about people on planes. They just seem to lose it. But it can't just be those particular people being so extremely stupid, can it? There's got to be something more to it. Maybe fear, anxiety, mixing with medication, anger and alcohol?

It's just crazy. Flying can be a bitch, but I can't imagine these folks act this way on a normal basis.

Ah, well. Happy new year Cactus, Chris Cactus.

Posted by: L.A. Daddy at December 29, 2006 02:49 PM

It baffles me that people would behave that way towards others with whom they KNOW they will be trapped in a small airborne vessel with for HOURS. I can understand why people may be more likely to flip off fellow drivers from the safety of their cars, and why they woudl be uncomfortable if they then stood behind that same person in line a the 7-11. Shiza, there has been a lot of bad behavior this year. I'd say Dick Cheney shooting someone, and then receveing an apology from the guy he shot was right up there. Dick Cheney and Britey Spears, for blowing her comeback by refusing to cease dressing like a whorish bumpkin and flashing her crotch to the world repeatedly while staying out til all hours partying with paris hilton while her kids stay home with the nanny.

Posted by: Meghan at December 29, 2006 03:08 PM

HA! I travel EVERY week for my job, Monday through Thursday night and I fly each trip. You can't believe how people really act. But it's a chicken/egg thing...are flight attendants bitchy because people ask them to do the stupidest things? or do people ask flight attendants to do stupid things for them because the flight attendants are bitchy??? (I don't even ask for a beverage anymore...I put my iPod on and sleep on flights because when I do, many times it's like I'm asking them to go out and mash the potatoes for my own special vodka.)

As for the most Schadenfreude, I love it when any politician knows he/she is going to get in trouble for doing something they know damn well they're not supposed to be doing, they suddenly need drug and alcohol rehab. So I think all of those idiots are pretty Schadenfreude! (Is it like Flip Wilson's character Geraldine who used to say, "The devil made me do it!" For example, "I accepted that golfing junket to Scotland from Lobbyist A because I was sooo incredibly drunk.")

Posted by: kristen at December 29, 2006 05:07 PM

People are dumb.
That is all.

Posted by: Heather at December 29, 2006 05:35 PM

Have a great New Year, Chris!

Posted by: Queen of Ass at December 30, 2006 01:44 AM

Happy New Year! I'm resolving to be more tolerant and positive this year, like every year, so I will refrain from commenting on stupidity for the moment. This resolution usually dies a quick death, so I'll be back to being an asshole shortly.

Posted by: Sphincter at December 30, 2006 10:29 AM

The biggest Schadenfreude of 2007 will involve Paris or Britney or Nicole or Lindsay or some other attention-seeking party girl for something stupid they'll do and they'll get entirely too much publicity for it because that's how our media is nowadays. I'm so sick of hearing about these girls!

Hope you and yours have a happy and healthy new year!

Posted by: Beth in StL at December 30, 2006 10:45 AM

That Duke lacrosse prosecutor sounded like he was all kinds of bad. I just read a couple days ago about how he asked the medical examiner to withhold the DNA evidence that would have dismissed the case because...I don't know, maybe because it's easier to win if you play dirty. Bad stuff.

My schadenfreude for the year? Tough one. How many times do Rumsfeld, Bush, or Cheney get nominated? Or the James Frey? Or the woman who tried to publish the OJ book? Or K-Fed? I'm exhausted already and that's just off the top of my head!

Hope you have a great new year, Cactus-Head!

Posted by: croutonboy at December 30, 2006 05:53 PM

How could I pick just one?

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at January 2, 2007 09:47 AM